-- Author unknown

A new minister was walking with an older, more seasoned minister in a garden one day. Feeling a bit insecure about what God had planned in the future for him to do, he had asked the older preacher for some advice.

The older preacher walked up to a rosebush and handed the young preacher a rosebud. He then told him to open it without tearing off any of the petals .

The young preacher looked in disbelief at the older preacher as he wondered what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the will of God for his life and ministry.

Yet, because of his great respect for the older preacher, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose while keeping every petal intact. It wasn't long before he realized how impossible this was to do.

Noticing the younger preacher's inability to unfold the rosebud, without tearing it, the older preacher began to recite the following poem...

It is only a tiny rosebud, a flower of God's design;

But I cannot unfold the petals with these clumsy hands of mine.

The secret of unfolding flowers Is not known to such as I.

GOD opens this flower so easily, but in my hands they die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud, this flower of God's design,

Then how can I have the wisdom to unfold this life of mine?

So, I'll trust in God for leading each moment of my day.

I will look to God for guidance In each step along the way.

The path that lies before me, only my Lord and Savior knows.

I'll trust God to unfold the moments, just as He unfolds the rose.


If you enjoyed being reminded to "let go and let God" unfold your life... please consider sharing this poem with a friend.


Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 NLT

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 NLT


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